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Sydney Roosters

Sydney Roosters Coach Brad Fittler
Captain Craig Fitzgibbon
Year entered premiership 1908


Home ground: Sydney Football Stadium

Premierships: 12

Finishes over the past three years: 2007 – 10th; 2006 – 14th; 2005 – Ninth

Gains: Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Mark O’Meley (Bulldogs), James Aubusson (Storm), Brent Grose (Warrington), Riley Brown (Knights).

Losses: Craig Wing (Souths), Joel Monaghan (Raiders), Ashley Harrison (Titans), Heath L’Estrange (Sea Eagles), Chris Beattie (Lezignan), Charlie Tonga (Huddersfield), John Williams (Cowboys), Danny Williams (Bulldogs).

Money Man: Willie Mason. He gives the Roosters something they haven’t had since Adrian Morley returned to the UK – a bit of mongrel. If Mason can get the Roosters going forward, there is enough class in the backs to push for a top four berth.

One to watch: Ben Jones. Nuggety five-eighth tipped to play some first grade in his first year out of high school. Held in such high regard that some Roosters officials believe he could squeeze Braith Anasta out of five-eighth and into lock.

Best team: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Shaun Henny-Dowall, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Mark O’Meley, James Aubusson, David Shillington, Willie Mason, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon. Interchange: Nate Myles, Riley Brown, Danny Nutley, Lopini Paea.

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Premiership odds: Centrebet $13.50, TABSportsbet $11.

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